A New Virtual Opportunity to Connect with Employers! Check Out the Equal Justice Works 2015 Virtual Conference and Career Fair!

Do you love reading this blog? Are you tech savvy, professional and fun to work with? Are you UW work-study eligible? Looking for some part-time work while in school? If you answered yes then this might be the job for you!

Announcement

Communications Assistant Job Description

Hours Per Week: approximately 6
Hourly Rate: $15 per hour
Duration: Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016. Immediate opening. .
Report to: Director, Center for Public Service Law
About the Center for Public Service Law:

The Center for Public Service Law at UW Law aims to educate, empower and inspire all of our students, graduates and broader law school community to incorporate public service into their lives, regardless of where they work or what kind of position they hold.

The Center works to nurture the culture of a service-oriented legal education, career and community as a key component of the UW Law mission to be Leaders for the Global Common Good. To that end, we provide programming, opportunities and connections to help UW Law students and graduates realize this vision of generous public service.

 Position Overview:

The Center for Public Service Law at the UW School of Law is the hub of public interest and social justice activities and career support at the law school. The communications assistant will provide support to the CPSL with its online outreach and marketing primarily through its blog (commongooduw.org) and weekly online newsletter. The blog provides the latest local, national and international news, announcements, events, job and internships postings related to public service law. It is updated three times per week. The weekly newsletter recaps the last week’s blog postings and directs its over 700+ recipients to the blog.

Essential Job Functions:

  1. Organize and queue up prospective blog postings received via email by CPSL Director into Jobs/Internships, Announcements and Events.
  2. Consult with Director which items should be prioritized and included for each blog post prior to publishing.
  3. Using the Word Press blogging platform, post pre-approved Jobs/Internships on Mondays; Announcements on Wednesdays, and Events on Fridays following the pre-determined style, design and template of the blog.
  4. Using Campaign Monitor email marketing platform, compile the blog headlines and links from the last week and send newsletter every Monday to 700+ recipients.
  5. Other job duties as assigned.

 Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Experience with online marketing including Word Press, Campaign Monitor, LinkedIn and Facebook
  2. Experience with MS Publisher
  3. Interest and/or experience in providing community/ public service
  4. Interest in the law and legal profession
  5. Interest in journalism/communications

Required Qualifications:

  1. Demonstrated ability to use MS Office products and email
  2. Comfortable and interested in using and learning new technology
  3. Creative eye for online design and marketing
  4. Strong writing skills
  5. Fast learner
  6. Self-motivated
  7. Good judgment
  8. Professional
  9. Interpersonal skills
  10. Good sense of humor
  11. Ability to meet deadlines in fast paced environment 

Application Instructions:

Please email a resume (no more than one page) and cover letter to Aline Carton-Listfjeld, Director, Center for Public Service Law at acarton@uw.edu. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Open until filled.

A New Virtual Opportunity to Connect with Employers! Equal Justice Works Virtual Conference and Career Fair Taking Place Friday, 10/30, Registration Open Through 10/27

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While our annual Conference and Career Fair has attracted employers and law students from across the country for twenty years, there are some who are unable to attend the in-person event due to time and/or financial constraints. We are excited to pilot the Equal Justice Works 2015 Virtual Conference and Career Fair to connect more students and employers!

The virtual event will take place from 12 – 3 p.m. EDT on Friday, October 30. Registration is free and open through October 27.

Employers are registering now and will continue to register and post positions over the next few weeks. Registered employers include: California Appellate Project, Death Penalty Litigation Clinic, and Public Advocates.

As this is a pilot event, it will have a smaller number of attendees than our in-person Career Fair. We hope to grow the virtual event in the future.

For more information, click here.

Seattle Office for Civil Rights Seeking Civil Rights Investigator, Due Tomorrow!

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Investigate complaints of discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations and contracting equity filed with the Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR) under Seattle ordinances, and state and federal statutes.

Under production requirements and with only general supervision, receive and investigate complaints of discrimination; plan case strategy; apply legal theories of discrimination; interview parties and witnesses; conduct fact-finding and resolution conferences; prepare witness statements and affidavits; collect and analyze documentary and other evidence; write findings of fact; negotiate predetermination settlements and conciliation agreements; perform training regarding discrimination laws and policies; maintain case files, and manage a case load.

For more information, click here.

Attention Recent Grads! Inner City Law Center Seeking Staff Attorney for Homelessness Prevention Project, Priority to Applications Received by 10/30

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Inner City Law Center (ICLC) is a non-profit law firm serving the most vulnerable individuals and families in Los Angeles.

ICLC is currently searching for a full-time Staff Attorney in our Homelessness Prevention Project focusing on eviction defense litigation. Staff attorneys for the project defend low-income defendants in eviction cases as part of the Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Act pilot program. The pilot program is designed to ensure unrepresented parties in certain civil cases affecting housing have meaningful access to justice and to address substantial inequities that result when parties cannot afford the cost of retaining a lawyer.

For more information, click here.

Governor Inslee’s Office Seeks Policy Advisor on Outdoor Recreation and Economic Development, Due 10/31

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This position will focus on economic development issues relating to outdoor recreation which includes performing policy planning, analysis, development, and implementation consistent with the Governor’s priorities. The success of this position will be based on measurable results relating to economic development strategies for increasing the number of new jobs and economic activity related to outdoor recreation. A secondary measure will be increased participation by citizens and visitors in outdoor recreation as well as increases in outdoor recreation opportunities. This position is responsible for working with outdoor recreation related businesses, the recreation industry, state and federal agencies, stakeholders, tribes, legislators and constituents to better understand the political landscape and provide informed counsel to the Governor.

For more information, click here.

Partnership for Public Service Now Accepting Applications for Public Service Fellows Program, Paid Position, Due 10/31

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The Public Service Fellows Program at the Partnership for Public Service is an opportunity for undergraduate students, graduate students and recent graduates to participate directly in transforming the way government works while developing valuable professional skills.

Fellows are assigned substantive and meaningful work to support our wide variety of programs, events and projects to help revitalize the federal government. True to the Partnership’s emphasis on people, the fellows program incorporates opportunities for professional and personal growth through workshops and trainings specifically geared toward students and young professionals. We also strive to ensure a quality experience in terms of work and personal relationships throughout the fellowship term.

For more information, click here.

Attention Recent Grads! Civil Division of the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office Seeking Entry-Level Attorney, Due 11/1

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The Civil Division of the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney’s office seeks an entry-level attorney with at least one year of experience for an opening in its Litigation Unit. Attorneys in this unit review claims for damages, advise the Risk Management Department, and defend the county in lawsuits filed in state and federal courts. Duties include conducting discovery, performing legal research, providing oral and written legal advice, drafting memoranda and legal pleadings, and representing Snohomish County and its officials in litigation. The Civil Division provides significant opportunities for growth, as attorneys will handle cases independently, as well as partner with senior attorneys on higher profile cases.

Applicants should have a strong interest in public sector law; excellent research, writing, analytical, and communication skills; and proficiencies in computer-aided research and word processing. The ability to work with other attorneys, support staff, elected officials, and county personnel is essential. Membership in the Washington State Bar Association is required upon hiring. In accordance with state law, deputy prosecuting attorneys must be United States citizens (and must pass a criminal background check).

The salary depends on qualifications. The position includes a generous benefits and leave package. Snohomish County is an equal opportunity employer. 

To apply, please submit a letter of interest, resume, writing sample and references to: Jason Cummings, Chief Civil Deputy, Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Civil Division, 3000 Rockefeller, M/S 504, Everett, WA 98201 or by email at jcummings@co.snohomish.wa.us. The deadline for submittals is November 1, 2015.

Attention Post Grads with 3+ Years Experience! City of Bellevue Seeking Assistant City Attorney, Due 11/3

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The Senior Attorney (Civil Division) in the City Attorney’s Office provides consultation, advice and representation for assigned City departments and may occasionally represent the City in civil litigation. The best candidate for this position must have significant experience in at least one or more areas of law applicable to the City’s operation, such as: municipal, finance, land use, transportation, utilities, employment, telecommunications and administrative law.  An emphasis in employment law and/or land use is highly desirable. Civil litigation experience is helpful.

For more information, click here.

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls! Western Environmental Law Center Seeking 2016 Summer Legal Intern, Due 11/6

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The Western Environmental Law Center (WELC) is accepting applications from law students currently in their second or third year of law school (2L or 3L) for summer 2016 legal internship positions to work with our attorneys in these locations: Helena, Montana, Taos, New Mexico, and Seattle, Washington. We are looking for bright and motivated individuals committed to public interest environmental law.

Under the supervision of a staff attorney in the office location in which they are hired, the selected interns will assist our attorneys with case development and strategy, conduct legal research, and draft pleadings, briefs, and other legal documents. The internships are unfunded positions. We will provide assistance to the selected applicants in seeking outside funding or law school credit, and in finding free or inexpensive housing. We offer a flexible summer work schedule to allow for outdoor recreation and travel.

For more information, click here.

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Seeking Spanish Bilingual Immigrant Youth Attorney, Full Consideration to Applicants Who Apply by 11/8

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The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a Spanish-speaking bilingual attorney to provide community outreach, education and direct representation to individuals eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and to provide other services to immigrant youth and their families.

The staff attorney will work closely with other staff members and community partners in the region in conducting outreach and community education, and providing individual consultations and representation to persons who may be eligible for the DACA program. The attorney will provide legal assistance to community members through: (1) individual consultations; (2) self-help assistance in the form of community workshops and legal clinics; and (3) direct representation in priority cases. The staff attorney may also be assigned work relating to other immigration matters. This position will be based at NWIRP’s Seattle office. The attorney must have a car and driver’s license, and must be willing to travel around the State in order to conduct community education and workshops. The position will involve some evening and weekend work.

For more information, click here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Immigrant Justice Corps Fellowship Now Accepting Applications, Due 11/13

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Immigrant Justice Corps is recruiting its next class of Fellows.  We will award 25 two-year Justice Fellowships to recent law graduates from around the country and match them with top immigration non-profits in New York City and surrounding counties.  Justice Corps fellows serve the newcomers who most need legal help, and collectively they expand the quality and quantity of legal representation for under-served immigrants.  We are recruiting people with a demonstrated commitment to immigration law and the intent to remain in the field permanently.

Justice Fellows will be placed in leading non-profit legal services organizations, which will be selected as hosts on a competitive basis.  Fellows, once chosen, will have the opportunity to indicate their preferences for the host organization where they will work.  The goal of the program is to send the best new lawyers to where the need is greatest, and IJC will make final placement decisions.

For more information, click here.

Attention Recent Grads! The Arc of the United States Seeks Criminal Justice Fellow, Due 11/15

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This is an exciting opportunity for an energetic, entrepreneurial and self-motivated person to work for The Arc’s National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability™ (NCCJD) as a Criminal Justice Fellow.

NCCJD is seeking a recent law school graduate to serve as a Criminal Justice Fellow with NCCJD for two years and work closely with the Program Manager for Justice Initiatives to take  NCCJD to the next level.  The objective is to continue NCCJD core programs and services, while developing a vision, resources and a plan to expand the programs and services, as well as advocating for needed system reforms and providing individual advocacy support for individuals with I/DD who are navigating the criminal justice system and their families.

The Fellow should have a passion for supporting the rights of victims, suspects/defendants/offenders, and witnesses with I/DD.  S/he will play a critical role in advancing the goals of NCCJD, working collaboratively with talented professionals in The Arc’s national headquarters with expertise in I/DD, criminal justice, public policy, communications and marketing.

For more information, click here.

Searching For A Career in Government? Career Fair This Tuesday at Mary Gates Hall!

October 24: Fair Housing Community Workshop

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Date: Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: New Holly Gathering Hall, 7054 32nd Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98118

In 2014 the Seattle Office for Civil Rights tested rental units across the city. In two thirds of tests, prospective renters were treated differently on the basis of race, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and national origin.

Light refreshments and childcare will be provided.

To register, click here.

October 26: Global Mondays “Local Immigrant and Refugee Communities’ Political Participation and Collaboration with Seattle Police Department” by Habtamu Abdi (LL.M. 2010), Immigrants and Refugee Coordinator, Seattle Police Department

Date: Monday, Oct. 26, 2015
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 117

Global Mondays

We are pleased to welcome back to UW Law Mr. Habtamu Abdi (LL.M. 2010). Mr. Abdi graduated from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, with a B.A. in Sociology and Social Anthropology, and then worked as a social worker. Due to severe human rights violations in that part of the world, he decided to go into the legal field. He obtained an LL.M in Intercultural Human Rights Law from St. Thomas University in Florida in 2008 and an LL.M. in Sustainable International Development from UW Law in 2010. Having previously worked as a Commissioner with the City of Seattle Office of Immigrants and Refugee Affairs, and later with the Mayor’s Office, Mr. Abdi currently serves as Strategic Advisor to Chief of Police Kathleen O’Toole on relation building with Immigrants and Refugees.

Mr. Abdi will discuss immigrant and refugee participation in local politics. As an example, he will highlight the successes and challenges the East African Communities (mainly Ethiopians, Somalis and Eritreans) are experiencing in King County and in the Puget Sound.

Lunch will be served.

October 27: Social Justice Tuesday “D is for Disability: The ABC’s of Disability”

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Date: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 127, unless otherwise noted

“Did you know that approximately one in five individuals in America has a disability? Although individuals with disabilities have faced a long history of widespread discrimination and exclusion they are becoming more involved in society every year. As a result it is crucial that current and future legal practitioners better understand individuals with disabilities in order to effectively serve their community. Would you like to obtain a better understanding of disability etiquette as well as how to better advocate for individuals with disabilities? If so then, please join us.

Speakers:

Emerson Sekins from Washington Access Fund
Nancy Boulet, National Disability Institution
Alumni Conrad Reynoldson

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu RSVP by 12:00 pm Monday, October 26, 2015.

October 27: 2015 Government Career Fair

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Date: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015
Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Mary Gates Hall, Commons

Dress: Business Casual

Open to All Majors, Class Levels, and Alumni from All Three UW Campuses!

Are you interested in gaining a career opportunity working in a government setting? Then you will definitely want to attend the Government Career Fair sponsored by the Career Center on October 27th. Registered government employers are looking to fill part-time, full time and internship opportunities for their agency and are looking to HIRE HUSKIES.Before attending the fair, please check out the list of attending agencies and to research those employers you’re interested in meeting by visiting their websites and learning more about them. Please bring your resumes and come join us!

For more information, click here.

October 28: Career Building Workshop – Cover Letters that Work

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Date: Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015
Time: 12:30 – 1:20 PM
Location: William H. Gates Hall, RM 127

A cover letter is not a mere recitation of your resume in narrative form. It is an opportunity to articulate a connection between you and a prospective employer; to identity relevant skills and experiences that may benefit the employer; and to demonstrate your persuasive writing skills- all on one page!

Join us for a brown bag (bring your own) lunch career workshop to learn the basics of writing a winning cover letter for legal employers. All UW law students are welcome.

October 29: An Evening of Justice at Wing Luke for the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project

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Date: Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, 719 South King St., Seattle, WA

You’re invited to attend NWIRP’s annual fall reception, An Evening of Justice at Wing Luke, next Thursday!

We’ll have live music, food and drinks, museum exploration (including the new Bruce Lee exhibit), and a short program celebrating our shared commitment to justice and honoring our community, including our 2015 Outstanding Community Partner, Puentes.

To purchase tickets, click here.

October 30: Attention Attorneys! Reception to Meet UW Law International LLM Students Practicing Their Networking Skills

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Date: Friday, Oct. 30, 2015
Time: 5:15 PM
Location: K&L Gates, 929 4th Ave., Ste. 2900, Seattle, WA

The University of Washington School of Law will be holding networking training sessions for its international LL.M. students on October 30th.  The workshops, run by former Perkins Coie partners, Ping Kiang and Colleen Yamaguchi, will be followed by a reception graciously hosted by K&L Gates.  Please come to get to know some of the 115 LL.M. students.  The school has students from 47 countries this year who are getting their LLMs in one of its seven LL.M. programs.

A reception will begin at 5:15 p.m. at the offices of K&L Gates, 929 4th Ave, # 2900.

The UW School of Law would greatly appreciate your participation in this endeavor to help its talented group of international LL.M. students practice their networking skills.  If you can attend, please email your name and the name of your firm ASAP to gradlaw@uw.edu so that K&L Gates can estimate the amount of food and drink for the reception.

November 5: Advice from Experts for Applying Lessons in Cultural Competency

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Date: Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015
Time: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST
Location: Webinar

Learn from leading experts about navigating cultural competency. Gain insight about key cultural competency lessons, and on how to apply cultural competency and humility to international and domestic settings.

Webinar Panelists:​

  • Dean Cycon, Founder and CEO, Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Co.
  • Paul Ellingstad, Director of Human Progress Initiatives, HP Corporate Affairs, Hewlett-Packard
  • Brian Heuser, Assistant Professor of the Practice of International Education Policy, Peabody College of Vanderbilt University; Affiliated Faculty, Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health
  • Natacha Poggio, Founder and Director, Design Global Change; Assistant Professor, Graphic Design, Lamar University
  • Jana Zindell, Chief Programs Officer, Ubuntu Education Fund

Moderated by Jennifer Staple-Clark, Founder and CEO, Unite For Sight

To register, click here.

November 8: Save the Date for LOL – A Comedy Event to Prevent and End Homelessness brought to you by Seattle Community Law Center, Featuring Brett Hamil

Date: Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle, 98101

LOL Fundraiser

For more information, click here.

November 16: UW School of Law Invites You to a Special Discussion on Advancing Diversity in Law, Business, and Public Institutions

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Date: Monday, Nov. 16, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM Welcome & Conversation; 7:00 PM Reception
Location: Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University Street, Seattle, WA

Join these leaders in discussing the next steps for making diversity and inclusion happen in legal practice, all the way up to the top levels of leadership. The gap between diversity in the legal profession and the nation’s population has widened in recent years. That gap is biggest at the top levels of management. Hear about the best practices of each of these leaders and their suggestions for how to address this challenge. Discover the success they have found in developing a diverse pipeline of new, inclusive leaders for tomorrow’s legal profession.

Panelists:

  • Ben Wilson, Managing Principal, Beveridge & Diamond
  • Justice Mary Yu, Associate Justice, Washington Supreme Court
  • Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer, Microsoft

Moderator:

  • Kellye Testy, Toni Rembe Dean & Professor of Law

To register, click here.

December 10: Register Now for 7th Annual Global WA Conference on Disruptive Development

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Date: Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Washington state has a powerful concentration of NGOs, for-profit businesses, academic institutions, and philanthropists working to improve the lives of people living in poor countries. Global Washington brings these stakeholders together at an annual conference to spotlight the most relevant and timely issues.

Our annual conference is well known and well respected for convening the international development community on the west coast, including NGO practitioners, CSR business executives, research experts, philanthropists, and others working on global issues. Conference sessions will highlight successful partnerships, groundbreaking innovations, and productive failures within global development.

To register, click here.

Do you love reading this blog? Are you tech savvy? Eligible for work study? Come work for CPSL!

Do you love reading this blog? Are you tech savvy, professional and fun to work with? Are you UW work-study eligible? Looking for some part-time work while in school? If you answered yes then this might be the job for you!

Communications Assistant Job Description

Hours Per Week: approximately 6

Hourly Rate: $15 per hour

Duration: Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016. Immediate opening. .

Report to: Director, Center for Public Service Law

About the Center for Public Service Law:

The Center for Public Service Law at UW Law aims to educate, empower and inspire all of our students, graduates and broader law school community to incorporate public service into their lives, regardless of where they work or what kind of position they hold.

The Center works to nurture the culture of a service-oriented legal education, career and community as a key component of the UW Law mission to be Leaders for the Global Common Good. To that end, we provide programming, opportunities and connections to help UW Law students and graduates realize this vision of generous public service.

Position Overview:

The Center for Public Service Law at the UW School of Law is the hub of public interest and social justice activities and career support at the law school. The communications assistant will provide support to the CPSL with its online outreach and marketing primarily through its blog (commongooduw.org) and weekly online newsletter. The blog provides the latest local, national and international news, announcements, events, job and internships postings related to public service law. It is updated three times per week. The weekly newsletter recaps the last week’s blog postings and directs its over 700+ recipients to the blog.

Essential Job Functions:

  1. Organize and queue up prospective blog postings received via email by CPSL Director into Jobs/Internships, Announcements and Events.
  2. Consult with Director which items should be prioritized and included for each blog post prior to publishing.
  3. Using the Word Press blogging platform, post pre-approved Jobs/Internships on Mondays; Announcements on Wednesdays, and Events on Fridays following the pre-determined style, design and template of the blog.
  4. Using Campaign Monitor email marketing platform, compile the blog headlines and links from the last week and send newsletter everyMonday to 700+ recipients.
  5. Other job duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Experience with online marketing including Word Press, Campaign Monitor, LinkedIn and Facebook
  2. Experience with MS Publisher
  3. Interest and/or experience in providing community/ public service
  4. Interest in the law and legal profession
  5. Interest in journalism/communications

Required Qualifications:

  1. Demonstrated ability to use MS Office products and email
  2. Comfortable and interested in using and learning new technology
  3. Creative eye for online design and marketing
  4. Strong writing skills
  5. Fast learner
  6. Self-motivated
  7. Good judgment
  8. Professional
  9. Interpersonal skills
  10. Good sense of humor
  11. Ability to meet deadlines in fast paced environment

Application Instructions:

Please email a resume (no more than one page) and cover letter to Aline Carton-Listfjeld, Director, Center for Public Service Law at acarton@uw.edu. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Open until filled.

New Study Raises Questions on Fairness in Harsh Prison Sentences

2016 Equal Justice Works Fellowship Applications Open!

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The application for the 2016 Equal Justice Works Fellowship is open until 5 p.m. EDT on September 18, 2015. Learn more about our fellowships and the application by:

Don’t forget to talk with Aline Carton-Listfjeld at the Center for Public Service Law before applying for an Equal Justice Works Fellowship.

Harsh Prison Sentences Swell Ranks of Lifers and Raise Questions About Fairness, Study Finds

By Deborah Bach | UW Today

Prison in Washington

Stricter state sentencing laws in Washington have swelled the ranks of inmates serving life sentences to nearly one in five.

And some lifers who opted to go to trial are serving much longer sentences than others who committed the same crimes and plea-bargained — raising questions about equitable treatment of prisoners.

Those are among the findings in a new analysis by undergraduate honors students in the University of Washington’s Law, Societies & Justice program, who sought to determine the number of lifers in Washington prisons, the legal processes that lead to life sentences and the cost of housing those inmates, many of whom will die behind bars.

Continue reading here.

Photo courtesy of David McSpadden / Flickr

Interested in Working in the Bay Area? Join CPSL For Its Annual San Francisco Visit

Attention Law Students Interested in Working in Bay Area! Join the CPSL for our Annual San Francisco Public Service Employer Visit.  RSVP By December 8

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2015 SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC SERVICE CITY VISIT: FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2015

The  Center for Public Service Law has planned our fourth annual San Francisco  Public Service Law City Visit for Friday, January 16, 2014.  On that day we will visit four public interest/public service agencies – two in Oakland  and two in San Francisco.  This year we will visit a variety of  organizations including the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, the Ella Baker Center, the US Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS), and one more site awaiting final confirmation.  Over the last several years UW Law students have taken this trip and visited different public service and public interest sites, receiving excellent exposure to public service law in San Francisco.

Who may attend?  UW law students.

Why attend? If you are interested in seeking summer positions in the San Francisco Bay Area or if you think you might practice public interest or public service law in the Bay Area after graduating then this is a great opportunity to get a sense of the lay of the land.  At each place we visit, the  organization will give us a brief presentation and then lawyers on staff will answer our questions.  Meeting the public service lawyers in these offices will help you to begin building relationships — which is vital to “breaking in” to a new community.  None of the employers we visit can guarantee our jobs for students, but students have created important connections and at least one secured an externship.  Two other organizations we have visited have welcomed collaborative projects with students or hosted Equal Justice  Works fellowship applications, based on us establishing relationships with them through the city visits.

What are the expenses? You must pay for your own airfare and lodging. On Friday we will provide lunch and public transportation fees.  Participants will be eligible for up to $150 reimbursement of documented travel expenses.

How to RSVP:  contact Aline Carton-Listfjeld at acarton@uw.edu if you are interested in attending or if you have additional questions.  Please do so by Monday, December 8 as  we will want to confirm a minimum number of participants in order to go forward with the trip.

Volunteer Opportunities with the WSBA Board of Governors, Due 12/30

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The WSBA Board of Governors (BOG) is accepting letters of interest and résumés from members interested in serving on the following council and committees. Notice of BOG action will follow its January 2015 meeting.

  • Council on Public Legal Education — The Council on Public Legal Education brings together lawyers, judges, educators, and community representatives to promote public understanding of the law and civic rights and responsibilities. The Council meets two to three times per year and works through its committees. This is a three-year term.
  • Office of Public Defense Advisory Committee — The Office of Public Defense Advisory Committee meets quarterly to recommend policies for the agency’s appellate indigent defense, trial public defense, and parents’ representation programs, advise the agency on oversight of its programs, make recommendations regarding legislative positions and proposed rules, review budgetary matters, and consider appeals of billing decisions. This is a three-year term.
  • Washington Pattern Forms Committee — The Washington Pattern Forms Committee develops and maintains standardized forms for use in Washington state courts. The mandatory pattern forms and pattern forms cover several subject areas, such as: domestic relations, protection orders, guardianship, garnishment, juvenile court, misdemeanor judgment and sentencing, and felony judgment and sentencing forms. This is a four-year term.

For more information on these opportunities, click here.

Please submit letters of interest and résumés on or before Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, to WSBA Communications Department, 1325 Fourth Avenue #600, Seattle, WA 98101-2539; or email barleaders@wsba.org.

President Obama Announces Sweeping Immigration Reform, Says His Plan Is Lawful

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By Reuters, Newsweek

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama imposed the most sweeping immigration reform in a generation on Thursday, easing the threat of deportation for about 4.7 million undocumented immigrants and setting up a clash with Republicans.

In a White House speech, Obama rejected Republican critics who say his decision to bypass Congress and take executive action is tantamount to amnesty for illegal immigrants and urged them to pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation that the Republican-controled House of Representatives has blocked.

“Today, our immigration system is broken, and everybody knows it,” Obama said. “It’s been this way for decades. And for decades we haven’t done much about it.”

Continue reading here. Photo credit: Kevin Lamarque/REUTERS

A Push for Legal Aid in Civil Cases Finds Its Advocates

German and Lorenza Artiga

By Erik Eckholm and Ian Lovett, The New York Times

LOS ANGELES — Lorenza and German Artiga raised six children in a rent-controlled bungalow here, their only home since they moved from El Salvador 29 years ago.

So they were stunned this past summer when their landlord served them with eviction papers, claiming that their 12-year-old granddaughter Carolyn, whose mother was killed in a car crash in 2007, was an illegal occupant.

Up against a seasoned lawyer and bewildering paperwork, the couple, who speak little English and could never afford a lawyer, would very likely have been forced out of their home and the landlord could have raised the rent for new tenants.

Continue reading here.  Photo credit: Monica Almeida/The New York Times

WSBA Pro Bono 101 Training: How To Be an Effective Pro Bono Advocate, Free CLE

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As part of our goal to enhance a culture of service within the WSBA membership, we are pleased to offer free CLE courses to volunteer attorneys who participate in WSBA Public Service Programs and provide pro bono assistance in their communities.

We are excited to announce WSBA Pro Bono 101: How to be an Effective Pro Bono Advocate, a CLE that will provide participants interested in volunteering with the tools, knowledge and strategies needed to successfully engage in pro bono and public service. We had over 750 members join us on October 9th for the original webcast and we’re excited to provide this as an A/V CLE through our Public Service Trainings page.

Volunteers must be authenticated to view any Public Service Trainings. To be authenticated, volunteers will need to email publicservice@wsba.org and include their name, bar number, and the name of the Qualified Legal Service Provider they are currently working with.

Zeid urges restraint, and determined effort to root out institutionalized discrimination in wake of U.S. Ferguson verdict

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By: Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner For Human Rights in Geneva

“The Grand Jury’s decision not to charge a police officer who fatally shoot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, has led to violent protests, including looting and arson. I urge all protestors to avoid violence and destruction in the wake of this decision, in accordance with the expressed wishes of Mr. Brown’s parents and with the law. People have the right to express their dismay and their disagreement with the Grand Jury’s verdict, but not to cause harm to others, or to their property, in the process.

Without knowing the details of the evidence laid before the Missouri Grand Jury – which in turn depends on the quality of the investigation into the killing of Michael Brown – I am not, at this point, able to comment on whether or not the verdict conforms with international human rights law.

Nevertheless, I am deeply concerned at the disproportionate number of young African Americans who die in encounters with police officers, as well as the disproportionate number of African Americans in U.S. prisons and the disproportionate number of African Americans on Death Row.

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November 17: GPSS Invites You to The Innovation Pipeline

Monday, Nov. 17, 2014
3:00 – 4:00 PM
The Husky Union Building, RM 250

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November 18: Social Justice Tuesday – “Civil Rights and Employment Law: Labor Issues in Marginalized Populations”

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Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014
12:30 – 1:20 PM
Gates Hall, RM 127

Hosted by: Students for Labor and Employment Justice

Come hear two experts in the field speak about the ever-changing landscape of labor and employment law.

Panelists:

  • Sarah Leyrer, Staff Attorney with Columbia Legal Services
  • Bill Tamayo, EEOC Regional Attorney for the Northwestern United States

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or gatespsl@uw.edu RSVP by 12:00 pm Monday, November 17, 2014.

November 19: Intro to Public Service Law Career Strategies

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Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014
12:30 – 1:20 PM
Gates Hall, RM 127

  • How do I research opportunities?
  • How can I use my law degree?
  • What are examples of public service?
  • How do I realize my public service goals?
  • What are some upcoming opportunities?

Featuring:
Mary Whisner, Reference Librarian
Aline Carton-Listfjeld, Assistant Director, Center for Public Service Law

November 19: Are You a 1L Interested in Big Law? Attend Creating Competitive 1L Application Materials

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Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014
5:30 PM
Gates Hall, RM 119

A panel of WSBA Diversity Committee attorneys will discuss how to create competitive application materials for 1L Diversity Fellowships. Students who submit either a cover letter or draft personal statement in advance will have their material reviewed by an attorney and receive individual feedback after the panel presentation. 1Ls must submit their draft personal statement or cover letter for review to Joy Williams at joyw@wsba.org before November 14 at noon. The subject line of the email should state “UW Law School Partnership.” Light food and beverage will be provided at the event.

Get more information about Diversity Fellowship qualifications on the CPLD Information for 1Ls website. Please do not self-select out of this process!

Co-hosted by MLSA, LBA, and the WSBA Diversity Committee. Sponsored by Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt.

RSVP in Symplicity.

November 20: Register Now for “Emergency Response: Crises in Africa” with Dr. Helene Gayle

Dr. Helene Gayle Moderated by Mark Wright, KING5 News Anchor

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
6:00 PM
Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
(1301 5th Avenue, Floor 15)

Food insecurity, armed conflict, and limited access to health services are some of the many issues confronting millions of women, children, and families throughout Africa. Helene D. Gayle, MD, MPH, President and CEO of CARE USA, will be discussing the impact current events in Africa, including the Ebola crisis and South Sudan conflict, are having on vulnerable communities, and why women and girls are especially at risk. For nearly 70 years, CARE has been a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. Today, CARE works in 87 countries, placing special emphasis on involving women and girls in their community-based efforts to improve basic education, end gender-based violence, provide healthcare and nutrition, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity and protect natural resources. CARE also delivers emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters, and helps people rebuild their lives.

To register, click here.

February 20: Save the Date! Rolling Out the Red Carpet for PILA’s 20th Annual Benefit Auction

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Friday, Feb. 20, 2014
5:30 PM
Husky Union Building

To celebrate 20 years of funding public interest, we’re ROLLING OUT THE RED CARPET

Join us for a night of Old Hollywood Glamour!

Formal attire encouraged.

$105 PER PERSON ($130 AFTER JAN. 10)
$70 FOR REDUCED ADMISSION* ($80 AFTER JAN. 10)
$790 PER TABLE OF 8 ($940 AFTER JAN. 10)
$540 FOR REDUCED PRICE TABLE OF 8* ($640 AFTER JAN. 10)

*Available to students, nonprofit employees, government employees, and those otherwise unable to afford a regularly priced ticket. Students may buy 1 additional ticket.

RSVP by FEBRUARY 11TH, 2015 online at pila.ejoinme.org/tickets
QUESTIONS? PILA@UW.EDU

UW Celebrates Veterans Appreciation Week November 3-11! Join in the Celebration!

November 3-11: Veterans Appreciation Week

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The University of Washington is excited to celebrate Veterans Appreciation Week, November 3–11, 2014. To recognize the UW students, alumni, retirees, faculty and staff who have participated in the uniformed services and armed forces, the University will host a number of special events. During this week we will celebrate our shared values of respect, excellence and collaboration by coming together to exchange stories of veteran service, past and present.

For event details, click here.

November 8: Right in Front of Our Eyes – Symposium on How Undetected Vision Issues Impact Student Learning

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Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Discovery Hall
University of Washington, Bothell

This symposium addresses the many critical issues facing children with vision problems – including access to assessment, vision therapy techniques, educational approaches, new technologies/vision games, and social justice. Keynote presentations, panel sessions and great discussions are sure to inspire all participants!

*6 clock Hours Are Available for Educators. Forms will be available at the conference.

The classroom is the place where a child’s vision first becomes essential. In American elementary schools, teachers and administrators rarely have the necessary information related to vision abilities of children that are so critical to reading. Currently, access to assessment and support depends on the size and quality of schools, educational programs, and intervention strategies and availability of support. Medical providers and others screening for vision problems often rely on the same eye chart that the school screenings use, which checks only for distance vision. New approaches to vision assessment and therapy – and the use of technologies to provide better access to data about these issues — are being developed. How do we ensure that ALL children have access to these advances? Methods and strategies to improve outcomes for students with vision problems will be a result of sharing knowledge and developing partnerships among the many stakeholders – which is the focus of this symposium.

Register online here.

November 8: Auburn’s 49th Annual Veterans Parade Day & Observance

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Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014
11:00 AM
Auburn Main St. & East Main Street, Auburn, WA

Auburn, Washington is designated by the Veterans Day National Committee and the US Department of Veterans Affairs as a Regional Site for celebration of Veterans Day 2014. Auburn is proud to be a Vietnam War Commemorative Partner. Auburn has hosted the Veterans Day Parade since 1965. Now in its 49th year, the parade has grown into one of the largest Veteran’s Day parades in the United States of America. Auburn’s 2014 parade is paying special tribute to the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

The purpose of Auburn’s Veterans Day Parade is to positively focus on honoring our country’s veterans and active military personnel. Through our parade, we focus recognition on congressionally-recognized Veteran Service Organizations and their auxiliaries, the military and reserve military, National Guard and ROTC. The goals and purposes of Auburn’s Veterans Day Parade are to give honor to our country’s military personnel and veterans and to their military missions of defending freedom around the world.

For more information, click here.

November 12: Career Workshop Series #6 – Practical Networking Tips

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Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
12:30 – 1:20 PM
William H. Gates Hall, RM 127

By now, you probably know that networking is a critical piece of your job search — but many students do not know HOW to network. In this session, we will dissect receptions and informational interviews, and discuss what to do before, during, and after each to ensure success in your job search.

December 3: GlobalWA 6th Annual Conference

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Dec. 3, 2014
8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Bell Harbor Conference Center in Seattle, WA

Join us December 3, 2014 at the Bell Harbor Conference Center in Seattle, WA for GlobalWA’s 6th Annual Conference!

  • Members: $175 – enter member discount code at check out. (Email Pratima Stanton, pratima@globalwa.org, to receive your member discount code)
  • Non-Members and Individual Ambassadors: $250
  • Prices after November 24 – Members: $250 – Non-members: $325

Global Washington’s annual conference is well known and well respected for convening the international development community on the west coast. Participants include NGO practitioners, corporate sustainability executives, research experts, philanthropists and others working on global issues.

With dynamic speakers, plenary discussions and breakout panels that cover the issue areas of our time, we will highlight successful partnerships, groundbreaking innovations and productive failures within global development.

Featured Conference Speakers:

  • Sonia Nazario, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, author of Enrique’s Journey 
  • Caryl Stern, President & CEO of U.S. Fund for UNICEF

Our draft agenda is now public. Click here to register.

December 5: Water Law & Public Trust – Center for Environmental Law & Policy 4th Annual Water Law CLE

7:45 AM – 4:30 PM
Location: 2100 Building, 2100 – 24th Ave. S., Seattle, WA

Water is an increasingly scarce resource in Washington State. The demands for water are numerous: domestic and municipal, irrigation, agricultural, and for instream flows to sustain water quality, and fish and wildlife. These demands are increasingly pitted against each other in these hard economic times especially where dynamic population growth is occurring. Economic growth depends upon water but fish, wildlife, and our very future also depend upon sufficient flows in our rivers and streams. So how can we return more water to instream uses, and can we do so while fostering growth?

Please join us for the Center for Environmental Law and Policy’s 4th conference on Washington Water Law & the Public Trust: a conference designed to examine recent efforts to restore instream flows, and new developments in water law and policy, with an engaging and expert faculty.

Tickets available at: http://www.celpcle.brownpapertickets.com (click on “dates” to register for the appropriate event)

Attorney/Professional  —  $150 ($125 each for 3 or more from same firm or agency)
Student/Nonprofit  —  $50
CELP has applied for 6.5 CLE credits (including 1.0 ethics credit) with the Washington State Bar Association for this program.

Click here to see the full agenda.

December 4: Tacoma Pro Bono Night with Special Guest Chief Justice Barbara Madsen

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